Roses still are the preferred St. Valentine’s Day gift

Flower shops across San José are gearing up for their version of the Super Bowl: Valentine’s Day. Florists across the capital get their roses from fincas in Cartago.

Ligia Corrales of Floristeria San Pedro said the shop has prepared for the holiday by buying more roses, which they also get from Cartago. It costs 17,100 colons for a bundle of a dozen roses, and Ms. Corrales said she expects the shop will sell 50 on Friday.

But expats must be careful not to get a color that gives a loved one or friend the wrong ideas. According to the Floristeria and ProFlowers, each color rose carries its own meaning.

Red roses, of course, are given to tell someone of your love. Pink roses send a more mild form of admiration to the recipient, but also connotate expressions of joy and glee. White roses show purity and should be given to someone encountering a new beginning. Yellow ones are purely platonic and are intended for an appreciated friendship. Orange roses express more fervent and romantic ideas like passion and desire.

Those without too much spare cash can still make an impression. The concert bands of Heredia and Cartago plan performances to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with bolero, pasos dobles and the romantic classics.

The culture ministry said that the first performance is tonight in Heredia’s Parque Central at 7 o’clock. Featured will be the Grupo Gaviota.

The Cartago band plays Friday at 7 p.m. in the food court of the Paseo Metrópoli. The program includes romantic themes from “Titanic” and those made famous by the group ABBA, the ministry said.

There is another performance Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Parque Central de Heredia by the local band. And the Cartago band will play at 11 a.m., also Sunday in the Anfiteatro Municipal de Cartago.

Although not as well known as the national groups, such as the Orqestra Nacional, the municipal banks have been pleasing crowds for more than 150 years.

Tonight is the kickoff dinner with friends in Villarreal for the 14th annual Have a Heart Golf Tourney in the Tamarindo area. The tournament itself, this time on a miniature course, is Saturday at the Bolas Locas course next to the Dragonfly restaurant. The starting time is noon.

The charity event benefits the Amigos de la Educación, a non-profit educational and scholarship foundation.

Restaurants and gift shops are gearing up for the day, too. Casino Colonial has invited readers to a romantic dinner Friday.

Other eating spots have been furiously spamming Costa Rican inboxes with email invitations.

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